Report card: Many local “A’s” for student growth; Dayton scores mixed


Ohio’s state report card for schools was released Thursday, with more than half of Montgomery County districts getting A’s or B’s in student growth, Dayton Public Schools seeing mixed results, and Oakwood ranking as one of only six districts in Ohio to earn an “A” in performance index.

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These report cards are largely based on state exams that students took in spring 2017. Schools and districts did not receive an overall grade on this year’s report card, instead getting six component grades on things like graduation rate, test achievement and literacy improvement for young students.

RELATED: State superintendent: Report cards show improvement from last year

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Here are three quick findings from data released this morning:

** Last year, Dayton Public Schools celebrated a crucial “A” in overall student growth. This year, that grade was back down to an “F” (the “progress” component grade was a “D”). Other results were mixed – DPS’ graduation rate also declined, but performance index and K-3 literacy improvement were up slightly.

MORE: Clark, Champaign schools score low for achievement on report cards

** Student progress grades (whether students made a year’s worth of growth since last year) were in a wide range. Several big suburban districts – Centerville, Beavercreek, Miamisburg, Northmont, Springboro – were among those getting A’s.

RELATED: Early report says test scores higher in 2017

** Districts were held to a higher standard on the achievement measure, resulting in a huge number of “F” grades in “testing indicators met.” In Montgomery County, 14 of the 16 school districts got F’s in that measure, in large part because the state raised the bar, requiring at least 80 percent of students to score proficient for the district to get credit.

RELATED: Two state tests eliminated for Ohio students

This was the second year that Ohio students took this set of tests after bouncing from test to test the previous few years. Scores were down last year on the new, harder tests, and state officials expect them to gradually rise as teachers and students become more familiar with them.

RELATED: Graduation rules softened for Class of 2018

But there are built-in challenges this year, as scores on the phased-out Ohio Graduation Test, which were higher for most districts, come out of the report card calculations. And districts face that higher bar for “indicators met.”

Follow DaytonDailyNews.com throughout the day as we analyze the report card data and give updates about your local schools.



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